Flashback Friday: Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by R.L. Mathewson

Posted September 16, 2016 by sweptawaybyromance in Review / 0 Comments

Flashback Friday: Playing for Keeps (Neighbor from Hell #1) by R.L. MathewsonPlaying for Keeps by R. L. Mathewson
on April 29th 2011
Genres: Romantic Comedy
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five-stars

Done with being the world's biggest pushover, Haley decides that things are going to change starting with the aggravating neighbor who has too much charm and not enough restraint. What she didn't expect was to sucked into his world, but Haley has a game plan and she won't let herself forget just what the bad boy next door is capable of.

The last thing Jason expected was for his little shy neighbor to go Rambo on him over some ruined flowers. After he decides to take her under his wing he can't help but that notice that she fits very nicely in his life. Now the only left is to convince her that this is anything but a game.



Karla’s Review

5 Stars!

The ideal blend of romance, humor, angst, and spice! I loved everything about this book. Jason and Haley’s first interaction, their friendship that becomes more, the falling out, the reconciling, and lordy lordy, their time between the sheets was steamy and sensual. The writing is wonderful, plenty of witty dialogue, and it included a delightful array of amusing secondary characters.

It’s the perfect length; it was enough story that you’re committed to the characters, yet the plot is not overwhelming. I felt very much at ease with Jason and Haley’s relationship, it was comfortable and developed rather nicely. The time they spent together as buddies made me adore them even more. Jason’s love affair with food had me rolling my eyes and laughing out loud, and Haley’s transformation from shy schoolteacher to the brawling grasshopper with her “fits of fury” was a picture I could not get out of my head. I wanted them to be together as more than just friends, but the pace that was set for them to get there fit the characters and their circumstances. At one point I felt rather annoyed with Haley and her stubbornness when it came to forgiving Jason. Yes, he could be a jerk, but the good in him outweighed the bad. When the realization hits her that she might lose him forever, she uses tactics that was reminiscent of Jason when we first met him…. his grasshopper has learned well!

I didn’t want Jason and Haley’s story to end, I wanted more time with this adorable couple, but all good things must come to an end. Alas, it does, but R. L. Mathewson gives us a satisfying epilog that warmed my heart and put a huge smile on my face.

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About R. L. Mathewson

R.L. Mathewson was born and raised in Massachusetts. She is known for her humor, quick wit and ability to write realistic characters that readers can easily relate to. She currently has several paranormal and contemporary romance series published including A Neighbor From Hell series.

Growing up, R.L. Mathewson was painfully shy and was known to hide behind a book or two. After high school she attended college, worked as a bellhop, fast food cook, and a museum worker until she decided to take an EMT course. Working as an EMT helped her get over her shyness as well as left her with some fond memories and some rather disturbing ones that from time to time show up in one of her books. When a back injury left her unable to work as an EMT any longer she began working in Residential homes only to discover that she just didn’t have the stomach for the job.

Today, R.L. Mathewson is the single mother of two young children that keep her on her toes and enjoy scaring the heck out of her with their antics. She has a bit of a romance novel addiction as well as a major hot chocolate addiction and on a perfect day she combines the two. When she’s not writing she’s playing online Scrabble, coloring with her kids, or trying to figure out how one of her kids managed to get a chocolate pudding footprint on the ceiling.

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